Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) met a tough crowd last week at a ceremony announcing General Motors would once again produce vehicles in Spring Hill, Tennessee beginning next year. Autoworkers attending an event at the manufacturing facility booed and jeered Corker during his speech. According to The Detroit Free Press, the senator listened to the unruly crowd for nearly 20 seconds before saying, "I think everyone knows we've had our differences in the past. And I can tell today that's fine with you, and it's fine with me." The lawmaker then went on to urge the autoworkers to strive to make GM great once again.

Corker led the fight against the federal government's automotive bailout in 2009. He also pushed for further wage and benefit concessions from the United Auto Workers as part of the rescue package. Those efforts had a direct impact on many of the workers in attendance at the Spring Hill ceremony, and The Detroit Free Press reports that many employees at the plant feel Corker's work didn't do much to keep the plant from going dark earlier this year.


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      Diz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is precisely why BO won't be reelected. Because the American people are fed up with unions and corporate America feeding at the public trough. The '10 midterms were just a precursor as to what's coming.
        Ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Diz
        You're going to be one very disappointed little boy on Christmas morning in 2012. I don't like Obama, but if you seriously don't realize that no one in the GOP's current flock of rodeo clowns (oops, I mean "contenders") can beat him, you're pretty naive about politics. Sounds like you did the classic technique of taking what YOU think and what YOU are fed up with and concluding that "the American people" are fed up with the same things. Turn down the AM radio for a while, buddy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Diz
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          Diz
          • 3 Years Ago
          Blaze - You don't get it. Of course the UAW is mad. They received GM assets instead of the rightful parties to the remains of the company - The creditors. The people holding GM paper got screwed. The UAW made out thanks to the '06 - '010 Democrat controlled Congress and President. I hope they fail and that companies who didn't take a dime acquire their market share. And I'm a former member of 2 UAW locals in the Detroit area (both of which, coincidentally, are bankrupt).
          • 3 Years Ago
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          • 3 Years Ago
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          Rastislav Toth
          • 3 Years Ago
          Seriously? UAW support for Obama is something new for you? Let's talk about the union workers who would have built the XL pipeline - do you think they'll be pulling the lever for D's?
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sen Corker had it right. the unions and OPEC have been trying to bankrupt us for the last 40 yrs.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Will you quit with your talking points already? They've started to chafe your brain stem.
        phasejump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        You are so completely wrong and there is not one bit of evidence to prove your bs post
        dharma0001
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        mike, mike, mike please open your eyes and if you choose to be blind then don't type any more. It is scary how ridiculous you sound. I hope for you and yours you don't really believe what you're saying.
      Rastislav Toth
      • 3 Years Ago
      GM shouldn't have been bailed out. There is nothing redeeming about what this company was and is. The Volt fiasco only underscores this. Were it not for the public money's strike ban, these GM tools would have voted to strike during these past contract negotiations.
      whatsamatayou
      • 3 Years Ago
      It is still unbelievable that the right wingers on here don't see that the bail out worked. They even seem to think that the bail out was a gift. It wasn't it was a loan and last I saw was being paid back faster than expected.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whatsamatayou
        Don't let them in on any facts. Talking points work best for Republican and tea bag followers.
        dknowles60
        • 3 Years Ago
        @whatsamatayou
        will never be paid back. us gov said it will have to for give 23 billion
      ahrcshaw
      • 3 Years Ago
      He was right to fight the bailout, and he should have fought the illegal bankrupcy as well. The new GM strock houlders (including tthe Unions) and the Democreats screwed the tax payers by establishing an illegal special bankrupcy law that allows the new GM to carry forward their old GM Losses, including the bad taxpayers loans (which will never be paid back) against future earnings. Why do you think Obama paraised the GM earnings and reemergance last year, but did he say how they did it. Not on your life and who lost 1) the tax payers, 2)the union workers, and the previous GM investors. Don't condem a man for doing what was right, NO ONE IS TOO LARGE TO FAIL> no bank, no motor company, no AIG, NO Wall ST, all the government has done is give BIG Business, Big Investors, Big Contributiors a way out when the get cought with their dirty stupid dealings. Who will they bail out next, YOU? I doubt it.
        hkinstruments
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ahrcshaw
        You are completely wrong in every way
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ahrcshaw
        Had GM been allowed to implode into bankruptcy, they would've have been picked clean overseas by the Commuinist Capitalist in Red China. Imagine that? But you had an administration willing to stand up for an American company so that more American workers wouldn't end up as slave labor wage earners. Still, the Chinese Communist in China are smiling.
          phasejump
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          Great post
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          Rusty, you actually meant the opposite of that. The Communist in China are using Capitalism to prove that Capitalism as an economic system does not require a functioning Democracy. Gee, after all the breadcrumbs that I left you, I thought you would've gotten a clue instead of eating all those dirty crumbs on the floor.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      PINKY60
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the republicians should all retire and let a generation that may be able to turn this around, because as it is right now, I am searching for a place to live in Canada, free medical,education and no democrats of Gop,tea partiers.. I Love the USA but as of late I have had enough of all this bickering it is a shame and a embrassement to everyone.
      peakview84
      • 3 Years Ago
      There should have been tax payers there to boo the GM employees. GM and Chrysler should have gone through standard bankruptcies (just as the big banks should have). They or their follow-on entities would still be making cars now. The 2,000,000,000 jobs disappearing was and still is nonsense. What isn't nonsense is that me and most people I know will never buy a GM or Chrysler product again.
        hkinstruments
        • 3 Years Ago
        @peakview84
        I hope you just go and DIE
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @peakview84
        @peakview84: You and most people you know are being proven wrong everyday. Somewhere in the world, someone buys a Chevrolet every 7 seconds. So, go buy a Lincoln Fusion, or a Lincoln Flex who cares.
          Jazz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          Why not a Chevrolet Tahoe Escalade?
      CrazyDave
      • 3 Years Ago
      So A guy who wanted the auto industry which is rife with corporate fraud, underhanded union dealings and highly overpaid workers to sink or stand on it's own is..booed by the overpaid under worked union owned stooges..surprise surprise.
        jngall
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CrazyDave
        Were you born an idiot, or did you have to work at it?
          Charlie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jngall
          Naa, crazy dave just drinks large quantities of toxic tea and only watches faux news and tunes in limballs on the radio... In other words he is told what to think and when to think it.
          Mobis21
          • 3 Years Ago
          @jngall
          He's currently working at it, that is his dissertation in "Idiocity, A Study in Stupid"
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 3 Years Ago
        @CrazyDave
        By a man who would rather watch millions of jobs be lost, more money going into foreign countries, and sink this country even further Just to satisfy his and his party's ego? So a guy who is filled with overpaid workers, underhanded corporate dealings, and national fraud is jealous of a little competition? Seems fair.
      brunswick90210
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why couldn't we just go back to the old system of pass and fail? If a company produces a product that people like, it will pass. If a company produces a product that people don't like, then it will fail. I understand that there are thousands of people's jobs on the line, but do you really feel any safer now than you were when the company was failing? The truth is even with the bailout both Chrysler and GM cut thousands upon thousands of jobs, and are starting to move their manufacturing to Mexico. I don't think that was a success in the least bit. The same goes for Ford, but with Ford they were the first out of the 'Big Three' to turn a profit. I think that had alot to do with this feeling of "if we don't produce a product that people will buy, we will go out of business". We need to stop having these bailouts, they don't protect anyone's job and the company can still go on to produce products that people aren't going to like. Look at the Chevrolet Volt, it isn't selling nearly as much as what GM thought it would yet it was something they put a lot of stake in. All I am saying is that a company cannot just expect the government to come and bail them out. It doesn't save jobs and it doesn't make the company get out of the red any quicker. I don't care if it's a Republican or a Democrat, I don't think government should be dealing in business.
        Mobis21
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brunswick90210
        If only your Un-reality were true. See, this is how it works. You outsource jobs, manufacturing to third world nation that pays slave wages, then re-import them back into our country, U.S.A. and then turn around and get a tax break and write off all your profits. That's not fair? Well it sounds like your passing/failing theory at work. This is how Republicans want to rebuild the economy through economic attrition. Meaning lowering wages which in turns lowers your standard of living, limiting what you can buy. Damn weren't any of you clowns awake in college during your economics class?
          brunswick90210
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mobis21
          Here is the problem with your hypothesis. First of all, when the Democrats raised minimum wage it RAISED the cost of living. I mean it's like you expect people who are apartment complex owners or restaurant owners to somehow turn a blind eye to raising someone's wages. What did they do in return? They RAISED their prices. You cannot just raise wages and expect everyone else to not raise their prices. It doesn't work that way.
        phasejump
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brunswick90210
        Americans that think there is some pure free market phenomemon going on that will give us real business winners and losers are really really dumb. The whole free market as God is a joke
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @phasejump
          The "free market" system only works when laws are written in its favor. When forced to play by "fair business practice" rules of the road it fails. None of these jokers on Wall Street could make any money if they were not cheating and stealing.
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @brunswick90210
        When your business, good or bad, becomes a detriment to the country, it then becomes the governments business.
      Frank S. Pedigo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I dont understand those who call themselves Americans but support those who are trying to destroy America ? The republican Party has done everything they could to bring America to it`s knees . Bush cut taxes while starting 2 wars . Then borrowed money from China to pay for it all . John Boenher and Mitch McConnell have bragged about how they dont care what happens to working Americans as long as they can make Obama look bad . You complian about the unions running the democrats but you forget that they are working Americans who pay taxes . However you overlook the fact that Grover Norquist tells the Republican Party what to do . I dont know of anybody who voted him in charge of America . You say that the Democrats are lead by George Soros but ignor that the Republicans are run by the Koch brothers . I am not aunion memeber but I would support them long before those who keep me down .
      leslie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess the unions are a good thing for the simpletons that can't negotiate their own employment!!
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